Koi Hide and Seek ACEO

koi-hide-and-seek.jpg $13.00 + 1.5 watercolor on paper 2.5 by 3.5

Today was one of those days…. I was so very busy and as luck would have it I also needed to get paintings packaged for shipment. This is a good thing but it’s time consuming, and the record keeping can be tedious. Being an artist is a business too and you have to have records for all your pieces …like where they’re stored or their location in galleries, flat files or in customer’s homes. You have to update these records and sometimes I have to go into town to pick up paintings that sold on the Internet that may be in a gallery. This can be sticky but I usually just substitute one painting for another.
In a perfect world I try to have one day a week to do prep work and organize things but lately, things have been hectic and I’ve let my organization slip a bit.

This little ACEO is one of the paintings I did a couple of days ago when I painted my Koi six pack.

Of course I painted today but I worked on a larger painting and will continue to work on it this week for an upcoming show. All artists have days where they have to do organizational chores or prep work. My studio was in a shambles, piles of mats sitting on top of art books, next to packing materials and a mountains of paintings waiting to be stored. On top of all this my cat was sleeping right in the middle of it all. Leave it to a cat to find a little hidey hole to sleep in in a huge mess.

My husband say I need an intern, like on Seinfeld when Kramer had that intern do his laundry and make appointments for his BS company Kramerica. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just do the art and someone else could do the prep work, and the packaging, and of course clean up the mess afterwards.

“Splashing Koi” ACEO on masonite

splashing-koi.jpg This is a bit out of focus, you can see it better in the middle of the grouping picture. $20.00 1.50 S & H  SOLD


I woke up at 4 am this morning to finish most of these. Some are painted on Watercolor paper some are on Masonite with Gesso…which tends to make them look like an oil painting or possibly an acrylic. All are standard ACEO size 2.5 by 3.5 I painted them this way ( all at once) so I could have some sort of continuity. Although I have to admit this is very difficult for me and I rather not try to paint them too much alike and allow each little painting to dictate what comes next.   I ‘ve had several requests to have them look similar so they can be used in groupings, So…this is my determination: to try to get some painted in the same colors or color family so they coordinate with each other.  We’ll see how I do, I hate to say it, but, I have difficulty in following instructions when it comes to my paintings. I’m too used to painting intuitively and can’t seem to remember to follow a plan too well.

The ACEOs on Masonite are a bit more expensive but they can be framed like an Oil or placed on an easel without fear of damage.

The big and the small “Tree frog”


ACEO = sold larger painting is for sale for $50.00 Sold 11/27
This is the special of the week.

I think this is a great photo to show the difference in size from an aceo and the larger 11 by 15  Since this photo was taken I decided to give the BIG tree frog red eyes.  if you would like to see a picture of it email me.

what is art?

I laughed out loud when I watched this… Thanks to David Darrow for pointing out this utube video. They have them on other topics too. I’ll never be able to sit with artists and discuss art again without thinking about the dog and his prints.

High Croma Leaves

300 lb paper watercolor 8 inches by 5.5 inches. $ 25.00I’m painting some Koi on the back side… I’ll post them tomorrow. So this is a two for one…

I started this painting on some Old paper I had in my flat files and immediately noticed it didn’t seem to have any sizing, this magnified the way the colors appeared and also caused the color to sink straight into the paper, at first I thought I would just throw it out but then I figured …paint it and see if I discover something new. One never knows how some inventions or new methods are found. But I’m sure its sometimes an accident. Who knows… maybe I ‘m onto something. For better or worse, I finished the piece and it doesn’t look like anything I have ever painted but its interesting. Very Bright, yet soft some how…

Dogs… Dogs… Dogs…. A visit to a doggie Orphanage

My friend and I planned a trip to see the dogs at our local rescue and take them some gifts, you know…blankets, tarps, bleach, medicines & all kinds of dog treats. We wanted to thank the folks there for taking care of so many wonderful pets.

Last year my friend’s dog was hit by a car and we were both pretty shook up about it. ( I think I wrote about it… check the archives for the story about Dixie ) A few weeks after the accident, she decided to rescue a dog and we went to our local dog rescue. These are some of the photos I took today.

These Cows are obviously not part of the dog rescue… On the drive out we saw these cows. They were just chewing their cud and I had to take a photo of them. This farm is just down the road from the dogie orphanage.


There were so many dogs, but I just posted a few of the photos of some of the REAL characters.

This white dog had a litter mate who was her twin but the sister was very shy. Just like real twins one introvert one extrovert. both were really sweet dogs.  We brought them Cheweeze. They threw them in the air and played with them, I guess their not that hungry…


This little girl was really nice and very quiet but not shy in the least.    A real lap dog I would assume.


I think he was asking for a file for Christmas what do you think?


I can’t remember this dog’s name but he was trying to get my attention the whole time I was talking with Buster.

Buster  was a super dog but he must have a few bad habits.    I looked at his tags and he had seven which means he  has moved a lot…  He can’t be more than three or four years old. He  was someones dog for at least three years but then he was put up for adoption,  the tags were from five different cities so they either moved around a lot or he was placed several times or more….For some reason he’s now in this dogie orphanage.  I  hope next year when I go to visit, he won’t be here…& he will find a forever home..

Last year…there were two beautiful rottweilers that I fell in love with, Big dogs but very quiet and kind…the caretaker said they were just adopted last month. To think they had to wait almost a year.  Well I hope their happy. 

A Thanksgiving day Hike




This morning we woke up at sunrise to a gentle rain. The leaves were blowing down from the trees and made a wonderful sight.

Here are three pictures of our morning walk. Its still very warm in SC… about 60 degrees F and no need to wear a sweater. The dogs and I walked for several miles in the woods and wore ourselves out! It was a great way to start the day. Missy is the black lab and Glock is the blond lab. The little weinerbeagle is Molly.

Koi down under G ‘day mates! ACEO

koi-down-under.jpg 2.5 by 3.5 20.00
This ACEO ia on clayboard or ampersand. I gessoed the panel to give it a bit more tooth and it was painted with watercolor. It has a bright yet soft look. It can be sprayed with fixative or kept under glass (or in a plastic sleeve). This collector’s card, one of a kind original is signed and is mailed to you in its own sleeve for collecting purposes.

Lake Wylie Snowy Egret


11 by 15 50.00 SOLD

This is a painting of a snowy egret I saw around Crowders Creek. I pumped up the color a bit because I have always like green I think more than most people. This is 11 by 15 and is for sale for $50.00 It is the special of the week and usually sells for three times this price.

I didn’t sleep for 24 hours yesterday so I’m heading off to sleep now. Cio